William Fox-Pitt Cleared for Competition

William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning. Photo by Jenni Autry. William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning. Photo by Jenni Autry.

William Fox-Pitt posted an update on his website yesterday confirming that he has been cleared to compete by his doctor. William suffered a head injury after a fall at Le Lion d’Angers last fall, and he has been on the road to recovery with the full intent of returning to competition this year.

“I have been checked by the specialist and have been cleared to compete,” William said in the announcement. “[British coach Yogi Breisner] came down this week and we jumped four horses together and it very much feels like all systems go. A big thank you to everyone who has supported me through my recovery. I am looking forward to working with Chilli Morning and the rest of the horses and getting going with the season.”

We have not yet heard whether or not William plans to aim for a spring CCI4* (or two), but we have no doubt that he has a plan in mind for how he wants to leg his horses back up with the 2016 season and, importantly, the Summer Olympics looming.

Meanwhile, Harry Meade and Hector Payne have stepped up to take some of William’s younger horses out competing — and we hear he also has a new hand to help in the U.S.’ own Andrew McConnon, who just arrived in Dorset, England this week.

We’ll continue to bring you more updates from the Fox Pitt camp and are thrilled to hear that William is doing well in his recovery.